The Future Star

Finland is a country famous for its successful rally drivers. It’s been like that for a long time, still is and hopefully will be well into the future. AKK Sports Oy, the organiser of Neste Rally Finland, began a project in 2014 to find promising new drivers with the intention to speed up their progress towards an international career and world level status.

The carrot dangled by the project called "the Future Star" is free entry to Neste Rally Finland. The chosen driver gets a chance to show his stuff in the spotlight, as he is handed a deal comprising an rally car, full service, tyres, fuel, entry fee, pre-rally testing, coaching and consultation regarding dealing with PR and media relations.

Springboard - Finnish Rally Championship

Judgement on who is viewed as the best young driver is based on success in the Finnish Rally Championship. AKK Sports acts as the series’ promoter with local clubs organising individual events. Participants in "The Future Star" contest must compete in class SM3 for cars with R1 or R2 FIA homologation.

This increasingly popular class is especially favoured by young drivers, because it keeps the costs at a reasonable level. It also serves as a good springboard to an R5 or Super2000 car. Citroën, Ford, Peugeot, Opel and Skoda are represented in the class. 

Selection process in 2018

All five 2018 Finnish Championship rounds taking place before Neste Rally Finland will count towards graduation to a special selection event. Candidates must compete in SM3 class and be born on 1.1.1993 or later. The drivers holding top five positions in the points table after those four rallies will be invited to The Sport Institute of Kuortane to participate in this selection event.

An analysis of each candidate’s driving will be carried out based on his performances during the season. Furthermore, physical and psychological qualities will be tested, as well as prowess in dealing with PR and the media.

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